17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Boston
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Coimbra
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Ponta Delgada
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of the city life by going to Praia da Aberta Nova and Pego Beach. Popular historic sites such as Capela dos Ossos and Convent of Christ are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca), Evora (Se Catedral de Evora, Sao Joao Evangelista Church, & more) and Praia de Melides (in Grandola). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Estrela, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and make a trip to Santa Justa Lift.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

Boston, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Lisbon. In June, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Evora, Grandola, Monastery of Alcobaca, Pego Beach, Convent of Christ
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

2
nights
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 7th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Tamariz Beach and then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira and then step into the grandiose world of Castle of the Moors.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sintra trip planner.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Praia do Tamariz
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Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

1
night
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Coimbra trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Sintra to Coimbra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sintra in June, you will find days in Coimbra are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Aldeia de Gondramaz, Praia Fluvial da Senhora de Piedade
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Aldeia de Gondramaz ©
Aldeia de Gondramaz
Portugal dos Pequenitos ©
Portugal dos Pequenitos

4
nights
Porto

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Get in touch with nature at Praia do Carneiro and Rio Douro. Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Clerigos Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sao Pedro dos Clerigos, savor the flavors at Ferreira Cellars, and kick back and relax at Matosinhos Beach.

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You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Matosinhos Beach
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Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

4
nights
Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Mosteiros Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Natural Pool and Lagoa do Congro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ponta Delgada: Farol Ponta do Arnel (in Nordeste) and Jose do Canto Forest Garden (in Furnas). And it doesn't end there: get advice or help at Priolo Environmental Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Jose, head outdoors with Lagoa do Canario, and identify plant and animal life at Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada road trip planning app .

Fly from Porto to Ponta Delgada in 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Azores Time (AZOT) is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Ponta Delgada can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Mosteiros, Oficina - Museu, Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha, Lagoa do Congro
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Jose do Canto Forest Garden ©
Jose do Canto Forest Garden
Farol Ponta do Arnel ©
Farol Ponta do Arnel

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